The Carnival city to explore all year round
Viareggio is among the most popular seaside destinations in Versilia and the whole of Tuscany.
This elegant village, nestled among the peaks of the Apuan Alps and the long coastline washed by the Ligurian Sea, boasts an Art Nouveau soul that you can explore in all its splendour by walking along the Passeggiata Margherita.
Among historic buildings, elegant bars and monuments like the Clock Tower and the Palazzo delle Muse, you can travel back to the 1920s. One of the most renowned examples of Art Nouveau architecture in Viareggio is Villa Argentina, which today hosts exhibitions and concerts.
Other must-sees include the Church of San Paolino, with its stunning mosaic on the façade, and the Basilica of Sant’Andrea, with its meticulous, functional style typical of the Restoration.
The city is closely linked to the traditional Carnival inaugurated in 1873. The statue of Burlamacco, the official mascot of this centuries-old event, welcomes visitors along Viale Regina Margherita. If you want to learn more about the origins of this tradition and its evolution over the past 150 years, we recommend visiting the Carnival Citadel and the Museum of the Carnival of Viareggio.